SATCOM Wideband digital channel analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-13-C-0215
Agency Tracking Number: F131-050-1451
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF131-050
Solitcitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Welkin Sciences, LLC
102 S. Tejon Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO, -
Duns: 141088125
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J.Todd Reinking
 Principal Investigator
 (719) 520-5115
Business Contact
 Dennis Wagner
Title: Vice President
Phone: (719) 520-5115
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Welkin Sciences proposes to design and build a Wideband Digital Channelizer for SATCOM (WDCS) to address the Air Force"s needs to reduce size, weight and power (SWaP) of future SATCOM terminal equipment. Our proposed solution for the WDCS will facilitate the introduction of additional Digital IF technology, such as all digital modems and all digital spectrum monitoring equipment, into the Air Force"s future SATCOM terminals, yielding additional SWaP savings for those devices. For transportable SATCOM terminals, a reduction in SWaP and interface complexity throughout the post-IF terminal equipment string will also yield a reduction in the time required for the warfighter to the get the terminal"on the air". Welkin Sciences ongoing involvement in the evolving standardization of Digital IF technology, such as the Army"s Future Advanced SATCOM (FAST) working group, will help assure SATCOM community acceptance of the WDCS Digital IF interfaces to downstream Digital IF equipment. BENEFIT: Converting SATCOM terminal functions from analog to digital offers several size, weight, power and cost advantages. If the conversion is done early in the signal plane then devices downstream such as modems and spectrum analyzers do not need to have expensive conversion equipment. Likewise analog fiber can be replaced with digital fiber offering better signal fidelity. Analog amplifiers, power dividers and switches are replaced with smaller and less costly Digital IF dividers and high speed network equipment. SATCOM terminals can be deployed in smaller packages allowing for more transportable systems.

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